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A new card game in town

Bev Warweg, left, and Mari Van Kleek are trying to attract more people to their monthly cribbage games.

Rosemount's newest card group hasn't found a large audience yet, but the players who show up seem to have a good time.

Now the people behind the group just want to make the event a bit bigger.

A small group of Rosemount seniors has met monthly since November for games of cribbage. It is the latest addition to a list of card games held by members of the Rosemount Area Seniors. Mari Van Kleek, one of the group's founders, said she wanted to reach out to another group of potential players.

Besides, she she'll take any chance she gets to get into a card game.

"If I had my choice I would play every day," she said. "I like to play cards."

Van Kleek plays in a number of the other regular games hosted by the seniors. She likes 500 and euchre and bridge. But she and fellow senior Bev Warweg also enjoy cribbage. The seniors have cribbage boards stocked in their Do Drop Inn, the room they use to gather at the Rosemount Community Center. So Van Kleek and Warweg figured they might as well see if anyone else was interested in playing.

Interest has been limited so far. While the regular 500 games typically fill seven tables, only two people in addition to Van Kleek and Warweg attended either of the group's first two meetings. Van Kleek figures that could be a matter of timing as much as anything. The group meets at 1 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, and in November and December those days fell close to major holidays. Van Kleek said they'll give the group another couple of months to draw a crowd, then consider changing the date.

"We anticipate a better turnout," she said. "We think the holidays had something to do with it, and it wasn't publicized too much."

Van Kleek likes cribbage for the social opportunity but also because it helps keep her mind working. She's happy to teach the rules to anyone who doesn't know how to play the game. That's a standing rule of all RAS card games: show up a half hour early and someone will teach you the rules.

"We really want to encourage anybody and everybody who wants to learn to come," Van Kleek said. "It's a good mind stimulation."

Van Kleek promises games will remain friendly. Nobody takes thing too seriously.

"I've had people say they don't come because people get angry when they make a mistake," she said. "I haven't found that to be true, because if anybody's going to make a mistake it'd probably be me. If they were mad, I didn't know it, so it didn't do them any good."